Here we are at the end of the decade, and excited for what is to come!
Since our inception in July 2016 we have continued to follow our original vision of producing delicious lagers and Belgian style ales. Our flagship beer, Keller Pils epitomises what we are about: understated simplicity. It certainly has been difficult at times, but we’ve now seen the light, and it’s getting brighter all the time! If anyone caught Co-Founder Alex talking at one of the fabulous Brewers Lectures last year, he spoke of how to weather the storm with a flagship lager! Perseverance or perhaps stubbornness, but here we are!
The year 2019 has been amazing with some fantastic achievements. In April we launched Keller Pils and Running with Sceptres in Waitrose which has given many people opportunity to try our beers for the first time, and also made them more accessible for those who don’t live near one of the fantastic independent UK bottleshops. We also collaborated with Five Points, Brooklyn Brewery and Cloudwater for seasonal supermarket offerings.
We had no less than four appearances on national TV for Keller Pils, Running with Sceptres and Mega Lager which was quite humbling to say the least.
We supplied Keller Pils to some major events such as Shindig Festival, Bristol Pride, The Downs Festival and Love Saves The Day. Keller Pils also helped quench thirsts on London’s Southbank at the National Theatre and The Hop Locker.
We decided on a whim to enter a few lagers in the Australian International Beer Awards as a nod to our heritage and were thrilled to receive medals for all three. It’s always with gratitude that we acknowledge accolades for our hard work and this also inspires and drives us to make the very best beer we can and then some.
In 2019 we continued our ongoing support of the Martin Parr Foundation and collaborated with them to make Only Human Lager for Martin Parr’s Only Human exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery. We also had the opportunity to work with some world class breweries such as Brooklyn, Mahrs Brau, Adnams, Lervig, Track, Fuerst Wiacek, Donzoko, Braybrooke, Cloudwater, Burning Sky, Burnt Mill, Whiplash, Five Points, Polly’s and Pressure Drop. To top it all off we also had the pleasure of working with Pigs Ears Beers on the Beer+Art project for 2019, launched at the Tate Modern. We always come away from these collaborations armed with more knowledge, great memories and new friendships and are grateful for so many opportunities.
We kicked off the year with a shiny new Taproom: we worked alongside Design Rock to create a warm and inclusive space where everyone is welcome. We have had visitors from Japan, America, Australia and more pop in to visit “the home of Keller Pils” which always blows our mind! We are about to commence more work to further improve the space for the coming months so that’s exciting!
At the brewery we held some big events in 2019 such as A Spring Happening, Summer Brewhouse Sessions, Lager-A-Rama, Oktoberfest and our biggest event yet, the Winter Beer Blowout where we raised over £1000 for Caring in Bristol to support their efforts to alleviate the impact of homelessness in Bristol. In addition we raised money to support Fareshare SW to help reduce holiday hunger for Bristol children, as well as money for Breast Cancer UK as part of our “Sisters are Brewing it for Themselves” event held with Arbor and New Bristol Brewery. We look forward to working closely with local charities in 2020 -nothing quite feels as satisfying as being able to give something back to our community.
On the brewery front we max’d out at 9 brews in a week, and had a few glimpses of the entire cellar full of one beer, our flagship Keller Pils. There’s something mildly satisfying about that. 😀 We also commissioned a new canning line, and more recently brought online 4 x 15,000L fermentation tanks to support our growth in 2020.
Our goals for 2020 are to:
- Continue our focus on making delicious, understated lager. We’ve cracked 1million pints in 2019, and hope to double that in 2020.
- Offer more development and opportunities for our team for those that have hung in there with us. We are grateful to have such a dedicated and creative team who are also just bloody good humans.
- Continue to address issues in regard to and support of women in beer – we will continue our women’s bottle-shares and other events which encourage women to embrace beer without judgement and in a safe environment as a passion and/or a potential career path. Beer is for everyone!
- Continue to build the team. March 2019 saw Bob Clark join us as National Sales Manager. Bob previously worked for Meantime and Freedom and has been an absolute inspiration to us all with his vivacious attitude and unwavering drive. We are excited to have a new brewer David Martin ex-Purity, joining the team in January as well as Aimee Allen joining as London Sales Manager. Aimee is coming to us from Budvar, having previously worked with our co-founder Alex at Camden Town Brewery. We are thrilled to have Amy onboard. We will also have further vacancies coming up in early 2020.
In regard to the beer industry, we are of the belief that together we are stronger. We have been a member of SIBA since we opened our brewery- there’s certainly been some ups and downs but with more good folk putting their weight behind this organization we can truly envisage some really positive outcomes for the industry for 2020.
With almost 20 years brewing experience our passion and love of incredibly made beer hasn’t wavered since the very early days where we could only dare to dream of having our own brewery – drawing rudimentary sketches of beer labels back in 2000 and home brewing every weekend! We truly believe this unwavering dream resonates with everything we set out to achieve with Lost and Grounded Brewers.
Thanks for all the support and beery love in 2019, we can’t do this without you & we hope you have a shiny and brilliant 2020!
Come visit some time – we’d love to see y’all!
Luv from Annie, Alex and the Lost and Grounded Crew xx